One nice perk about freelancing is not needing to be at an office at any point in time--if you so please to do so.
This also means you can literally work wherever you want to on the planet as long as it has reliable internet. Wow! Amazing right? Well, while it is amazing there are a few logistics you need to work out before you pack up and leave. As a freelancer, you are the face of your business and you want to present yourself in a professional manner, whether you are working in your home office or sipping on a fruity drink on a island. Below are some quick steps to ensure all is well before jet-setting away:
Inform clients if it may affect work:
There are two types of freelancer vacations: one in which you still bring your computer and work, but you are at least away in a new location and one in which you back off from your computer. If the former is the vacation you are taking, then informing your client may not be needing. If you are in need of a disconnect from your work, either partly or entirely, then you need to speak to your clients.
Create a plan of action a few weeks in advance:
If your trip isn't spontaneous, then figure out a plan of action a week or two ahead of your vacation. Can you get work done in advance so you can focus more on relaxing and less on client work? If so, then putting in a couple extra hours a few weeks prior may pay off when you are able to keep the laptop closed longer while you are away.
Have a back-up plan if things go wrong:
Airlines get held up, WIFI isn't always reliable, but you can plan for these instances in advance--to a degree. Having a mobile hot spot on hand may be a great way to mitigate a situation where your internet isn't reliable but you have work due. Scoping out a local coffee shop can also be a great way to ensure you will have internet--and get to live like a local while away. You can't always account for the unexpected, but a little back-up help can go a long way.
Vacations and stepping away are key for freelancers to continue working at the rate in which they do without a burn-out. There are ways to enjoy yourself and still get the work done, you just have to find a way to balance travel & leisure with work. Every freelancer is different, but every freelancer deserves some time to decompress. Happy travels!
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